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Starlet Mini Quilt

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Starlet
Mini Quilt

QUILT SIZE: 28˝ × 28˝

BLOCK SIZE: 24˝ × 24˝

I love making a project with giant quilt blocks. It gives me the chance to make something a little more intricate, and it only takes a few blocks to make a good-sized project. One block makes a lovely mini quilt for your wall or table, but don’t stop there. Check out Bright Idea! for more variations.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Starlet Mini Quilt

28˝ × 28˝

Making the Quilt

BLOCK ASSEMBLY

1Right sides together, pair the following 6˝ squares:

+1 pair of white/black

+2 pairs of red/black

+4 pairs of white/red

2Refer to Half-Square Triangle Quartet to make 4 half-square triangles from each pair of squares, for 28 total. Trim each to 3½˝ square.

Make 4 half-square triangles from each pair of squares.

3Follow the Block Unit Assembly diagram to make 1 center unit, 4 corner units, and 4 side units.

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Girl Friday Sewing Case

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Girl Friday
Sewing Case

CASE SIZE: 8½˝ × 10½˝

Back in the 1930s, a “Girl Friday” was another term for your most reliable personal assistant. You’ll feel the same way about this little sewing case, which has plenty of room for your next project, along with a handy tool pocket on the front. Get ready to travel in style!

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Girl Friday Sewing Case

8½˝ × 10½˝

Making the Case

Seam allowances are ¼˝ unless otherwise noted.

POCKETS

1Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the pocket exterior and pocket lining fabrics.

2Wrong sides together, press the divided pocket rectangle in half to make a rectangle 6½˝ × 4½˝. Slip the 4½˝ × 6½˝ interfacing inside the fold, leaving the ¼˝ seam allowance at the bottom free. Fuse in place. Topstitch ¼˝ below the fold.

3Baste the divided pocket in place along the sides and bottom of the pocket lining. Sew a line down the center, backstitching at both ends, to divide it into 2 pockets.

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Double-Zip Clutch

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Double-Zip
Clutch

CLUTCH SIZE: 11˝ × 8½˝ closed, 11˝ × 17˝ open

This project is probably the most adaptable one in the book. Adjust the size, fabric choices, and inner pocket formation to make a gift that will fit just about any situation. See Bright Idea!.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Double-Zip Clutch

opens to 11˝ × 17˝ to hold stationery or other items

Making the Clutch

Seam allowances are ¼˝ unless otherwise noted.

Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the fabrics for the exterior, inner pocket, and flap. See Supplies.

INSIDE POCKETS

1Right sides together, fold the inner pocket fabric in half to make a rectangle 12˝ × 8˝. Stitch the raw edges together along the 12˝ side.

2Fuse the 7¾˝ × 12˝ interfacing rectangle to one side of the inner pocket unit. Turn the unit right side out. Press. Topstitch ¼˝ from the edge of each 12˝ side.

Add interfacing, turn the unit right side out, press, and topstitch.

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Traveling with Your Sewing

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Make Something Bigger: Projects for Time and Travel

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it. —Golda Meir

While there will always be occasions that call for quick projects, it’s good to leave room in your life for the occasional challenge. There’s going to be a moment when you’re browsing online and a new pattern catches your eye. It’s gorgeous and interesting, and it already has a growing following among the blogs. Your fingers are itching to get started. “But how,” you ask, “am I going to find time for something that big? Small finishes I can do, but that? No way.”

All that is about to change.

Splitting a Big Project into Manageable Pieces

As far as I’m concerned, a project is “big” if …

+It means a lot of hand sewing. This includes projects involving English paper piecing, embroidery, or hand quilting.

+It’s made up of quilt blocks that are difficult to piece or have lots of small pieces.

+The quilt itself is physically large, calling for a large number of blocks.

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Envelope Clutch

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Envelope
Clutch

MANICURE KIT SIZE: 9½˝ × 7˝ closed, 9½˝ × 17˝ open

ART PACK SIZE: 15½˝ × 12˝ closed, 15½˝ × 33˝ open

There is lovely simplicity in an envelope clutch. Its classic shape looks both elegant and modern, and the piece can be designed for so many different situations. I’ve included two sizes that you can easily adapt for a number of uses and occasions.

BUSY GIRL SPEAKS 

Kimberly Jolly of The Jolly Jabber (fatquartershop.blogspot.com)

Any tips for busy people trying to fit sewing into their life? Wake up 30 minutes early to get some sewing done during the peaceful morning time.

How do you entertain little ones while you sew? My kids have their own fabric cabinet, and I change it up often. They use the scraps to organize their own “quilts” on the floor.

Best advice for a new sewing blogger? Give yourself an achievable goal. Maybe you want to complete a small project each week. Maybe you will post a group of tutorials each month. Also, set boundaries. Many quilters use codenames for their family members just to be safe.

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